Public health and Covid-19 on the Marshall Islands

Healthcare on the Marshall Islands

Healthcare on the Marshall Islands is slightly below average in a worldwide comparison.

Probably the most important indicator that can be used to summarize the efficiency of all measures is general life expectancy. In other words, the theoretical age that a newborn child could potentially reach today. At the moment, this age on the Marshall Islands is 63.7 years for men and 67.2 years for women. For comparison: worldwide life expectancy is about 6.0 years lower (men: 68.9 / women: 73.9 years).

A total of 731.10 USD per inhabitant is spent annually on health measures at state expense. This corresponds to approximately 13.0 percent of the gross domestic product. Internationally, this amount averages 1,177.15 USD (~ 10.9% of the respective GDP).

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Spread of COVID-19 on the Marshall Islands

Since the beginning of the pandemic until June 10th, 2023, a total of 16,081 infected people and 17 deaths have been reported on the Marshall Islands.

The total of 16,081 infected people currently represents 27.17 percent of the total population.

Current vaccination status

According to official WHO data, a total of 110,742 vaccine doses have been administered as of March 24th, 2023. More recent data are not yet available to WHO. There are 47,077 people who have received at least one vaccination (79.5 percent). The booster vaccination was received by 18,559 people (31.4 percent).

40,689 of these are considered fully vaccinated on the Marshall Islands (= 68.7 percent).
This means that the Marshall Islands are only in the middle of the field in terms of vaccination coverage. The vaccination rate is higher in 92 countries.

Weight and size

Body height165 cm154 cm
Weight78.7 kg73.0 kg


Marshall IslandsØ worldwide
Diabetes *30.50%8.81%

* The number of people suffering from diabetes refers only to inhabitants aged between 20 and 79 years.

Child vaccinations

Marshall IslandsØ worldwide
Hepatitis B0.09%0.08%
DTP *8.60%8.14%

* DTP is a combined basic vaccination against diphtheria, pertussis (whooping cough) and tetanus, which should be given to children up to the age of 23 months.

On the Marshall Islands, 28.5 percent of all over 15-year-olds are still smokers.

Medical supplies

Public health and Covid-19 on the Marshall IslandsMedical care provided by doctors and hospitals on the Marshall Islands is below average compared to the world population. The country provides 2.7 hospital beds per 1,000 inhabitants. The global mean here is 2.9 beds. Within the EU, 4.6 beds are available for every 1,000 residents.

With about 19 physicians on the Marshall Islands, there are about 0.46 doctors per 1000 inhabitants. Here again the comparison: worldwide this standard is 1.50 physicians per 1,000 inhabitants and in the EU is 3.57.


The above data correspond to the information from the World Health Organization, Global Health Workforce Statistics, UNICEF, State of the World's Children, Childinfo, Global Health Observatory Data Repository and OECD. The case numbers for the spread of the COVID-19 come from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).

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